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    Athletics Merit Badge Athletics Merit Badge is a cool program for young boys that love sports. Boys that are already active in either a team or individual sport will be able to easily earn this badge.

    Two core elements of this program is participating in a major sport for four months (Reg #3) and testing for athletic improvement after 3 months (Req #5).

    A) Program Teaser
    Special audio visual presentation for the start of program or even one week in advance.

    Being involved in an athletic endeavor is not only a way to have fun, but it also is one of the best ways for a person to maintain a healthy and strong body, living up to the promise each Scout makes "to keep myself physically strong."
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    Athletics Merit Badge B) Prerequisites - Leaders
    Work to be done prior to program start:

      Review Official Requirements
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      10 Tips for Merit Badge Counselors
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      Req #3: Sport Activity - One Season
      The counselor should have an advance planning meeting with the scout to help him prepare his prior to starting his sport including preparation of a personal training plan and acquiring necessary equipment.

    AthleticsMerit Badge C) Prerequisites - Scouts
    Work to be done prior to program start:

      Print Merit Badge Workbook
      One copy for each scout. And don't forget to have ready your Merit Badge Blue Card - (home printer version.)

      Req #3: Sport Activity - One Season
      Select an athletic activity to participate in for one season (or four months). Prepare to report on the following:

        a. With guidance from your counselor, establish a personal training program suited to the activity you have chosen.
        b. Organize a chart for this activity and monitor your progress during this time.
        c. Explain to your counselor the equipment necessary to participate in this activity, and the appropriate clothing for the season and the locale.
        d. At the end of the season, discuss with your counselor the progress you have made during training and competition and how your development has affected you mentally and physically.

      Req #4a: Sporting Rules
      Give the rules for two athletic activities, one of which is the activity you chose for requirement 3.

      Req #6a: Planning Sports Meet
      Prepare plans for conducting a sports meet or field day that includes 10activities, at least five of which must come from the groups mentioned in Requirement 5. Outline the duties of each official needed and list the equipment the meet will require.

      Req #6b: Sports Meet Volunteer
      With your parent's and counselor's approval, serve as an official or volunteer at a sports meet to observe officials in action. Tell your counselor about your responsibilities at the meet and discuss what you learned. Note: Many organized youth sports recruit scout age young men to serve as officials for the junior leages or to assist with field and equipment prep or other duties.

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    AthleticsMerit Badge D) Study Hall

    The purpose of this section is to facilitate an opportunity for scouts to research and learn about key concepts relevant to this subject. They need to be prepared to explain these to the counselor.

    While some scouts may be adept at self-study, others may do better in a small group setting and taking notes on worksheets. You can facilitate discussion by asking them why each of the principles intruduced here would be relevant.

      Req #1: Review First Aid for Sports Injuries
      Show that you know first aid for injuries or illnesses that could occur while participating in athletic events, including sprains, strains, contusions, abrasions, blisters, dehydration, and heat reactions.

      Req #2: Good Health Habits

      Req #4: Discussion Group: Atletic Events


    E) Patrol Activity

      Req #5a: Sports Activity Start
      Complete the activities in FOUR of the following groups and show improvement over a three-month period.

      • Group 1: Sprinting
      • Group 2: Long Distance Running
      • Group 3: Long Jump OR High Jump
      • Group 4: Swimming
      • Group 5: Pull-Ups AND Push-Ups
      • Group 6: Baseball Throw
      • Group 7: Basketball Shooting
      • Group 8: Football Kick OR Soccer Kick
      • Group 9: Weight Training

      Req #5b: Sports Activity Improvement
      After three months do a retest for each of your events above. Document your improvements.

    Athletics Merit Badge G) Program Debriefing

    After completion of the above activities you may need a work session to finish completion of the merit badge worksheet to document the results of your visits, activities and the people you interviewed about potential career opportunities in this field.

      Req #3d: Season Review
      At the end of the season, discuss with your counselor the progress you have made during training and competition and how your development has affected you mentally and physically. Display your training progress chart.

    H) Extra Credit

    The Athletics merit badge was one of the original 57 merit badges issued by the Boy Scouts of America in 1911.

    J) Athletics Famous Quotes:

      Vince Lombardi - It's not whether you get knocked down; it's whether you get up.
      Ernie Banks - The only way to prove that you’re a good sport is to lose.
      Pat Tyson - Number one is just to gain a passion for running. To love the morning, to love the trail, to love the pace on the track. And if some kid gets really good at it, that’s cool too.

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